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Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)

Posted by on Feb 28, 2014 in Dessert | 0 comments

Sometime you cook something or eat something and it takes you back in time and brings back the memories. So it is with this tapioca pudding. Growing up in Hindu family I enjoyed many Hindu festivals.Many of these festivals involved ‘fasting’ as a part of the celebration. Length of fasting differs by underlying belief of the festival. Some fasting lasts till evening, some whole day.On some fasting, you can drink water and some you shouldn’t. One of those fasting experience that I remember the most happened during ‘Janamastami‘. (“Janam” means “Birth”,”Astami” meaning “Eight” in Hindi).Janamastami celebrates the birth of Hindu Lord Krishna on the eight month of the year. Legend...

Zucchini Raita

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Condiments | 0 comments

As I was researching the food from  Azerbaijan-‘A’ country we are in.I came across this AZ blog.Browsing through the recipe,i stumbled on  Zucchini yogurt dip.It has all the elements of my liking and it was so quick,i couldn’t wait to make this.I am calling it “raita” because that’s what Indian will call this kind of preparation in yogurt ! Though my family likes Zucchini,they didn’t care for it in the dip like this.To them,it seemed like zucchini accidentally took a plunge in yogurt !  Me,on the other hand,could not get enough of it :-). It goes well with chips or just dip your pita or naan into it. PrintZucchini Raita...

Rosemary Garlic Bread

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Bread | 0 comments

Who doesn’t like the aroma of warm fresh bread out of the oven?I bet you like it even if you are not a carb eater  🙂 Somehow seeing the bread rising as yeast works through it, excites me.Making bread is such a living process .I like my kids to participate in this as little or as much they want to .I love to watch their expression as their eyes opens wide and they go   ’oh wow’  in slow motion to see the proofed and risen bread.I think, people should bake the bread just so that they can experience the process. Our past two weekends have been sunny,warm and...

Spaghetti Squash with meatballs

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in NonVeg | 0 comments

It has been a while since I have cooked something and blogged about it. Blaming it on cold around here, I have been slacking with cooking and  photography. Yesterday was another full day. On the busy day like that, we often have easy meal. Spaghetti with meat ball belongs to that category.I added little bit of twist to make it even more easier and bit healthier for us.I have been meaning to use spaghetti squash for quite some time instead of pasta but we are not squash fan around here, so I was reluctant. I was very skeptical at the dinner table at first but it turned out to...

Happy Sankranti

Posted by on Jan 14, 2014 in Celebration, Food-lens, Indian | 0 comments

Today, Makar Sankranti is celebrated at my home back in India. Growing up,I always felt the dry spell of no festivities for almost two months ,after  Diwali, in November. Every year we celebrated this on Jan 14th.I always thought of it as the start of the  Hindu festivities for the year. What I remember the most about this festival? Eating, no doubt.Though there are  assortment of festive foods in general but I must add,most Indian festivals also have the tradition of feasting on very particular set of foods on a given festival. The part of India where I come from,North-East,highlight of our meal was  ‘Dahi-chura ‘(Yogurt with pressed/bitten rice),along...

Making Paneer(Indian Cheese)

Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 in Indian, method | 1 comment

Couple of days back, I made cheese. Indian paneer precisely. Back at home in India, growing up, we always had our milk delivered everyday by a dairy man. Directly from the cow to the home. Raw milk. Not pasteurized.I vividly remember our milkman, riding his bicycle, with multiple milk cans hanging out on its side. Someone will come to the door with a pot as soon as he arrived. He asked,how much ?And we said,1 Kg or 3 Pao or something like that? “1 pao”, looked like a size of a metal cup. One of our immediate duty was to warm the milk or we ran the chance of...

Chicken Tikka Masala

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Indian, NonVeg | 1 comment

What is one of the popular Indian dish here among the American? When i ask this question,more then often i hear Chicken Tikka Masala among other dishes in the list.My husband is no exception to this .He loves it with Shrimp Biryani.So i made it  for our Christmas Eve dinner.Kept it very less spicy so my kids can eat. I was not aware of the popularity of this dish growing up but then there are so many yummy dishes out there,i don’t know about.I have a feeling the mild rich taste of the aromatic chicken makes it appetizing. ‘Tikka’ in Hindi means ‘Patties’ and ‘Masala’ is ‘Spices’.So basically chunks...

Chicken Biryani

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Celebration, Grains | 0 comments

Does your family have festive food tradition? As I was reading about the Christmas tradition around the world, delectable spread of food on Christmas Eve and the following day resonated often. We spend Christmas day, with  house full of  family, at my in-laws ranch. However Christmas Eve, it is just us,my husband,our two little children and a sweet yellow lab 🙂 We have consistently attended the Christmas Eve service; though I do not recall prepping special food  on Christmas Eve.What a miss,come to think of it.This Christmas Eve morning I woke up with desire to cook. Long and slow cooked traditional festive Indian food precisely. I remember my mom spending...

Ris a l’amande

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Celebration, Dessert | 0 comments

 Do you have a favorite holiday dessert? Growing up in India, festivals meant food, lots of it.Though there are many Indian sweets which are served on special occasion, “Kheer” or rice pudding is must. I have found that this simple dessert of rice cooked in milk and sugar is common all around the world. In fact, it may be one dessert which is truly international and have been adapted by each culture to make its own. Not a fan of rice pudding ?Customize your rice pudding in many ways like the folks around the world do. Rice :  Indian prefer short and thin rice in their “kheer“,called “Arva” rice.I have yet...

Empanada

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Celebration, International | 1 comment

I love to know how people around the world celebrate Christmas. Couple of weeks back I asked my friend, Tamara, who is originally from Ecuador, to share some of the tradition of her native country. Christmas is very festive time of the year in this predominantly Catholic Country. Tamara says, nine days before Christmas, novena prayers (advent prayers) start. After the novena prayers, “Banuelos” a kind of cheese bread fritters, “Empanadas” with drinks are served. Masses at the churches, reenactment of the story of Jesus happens throughout the Christmas season. Midnight mass is attended by many on Christmas Eve. Tamara fondly remembers her mom, prepping the food, particularly Empanada....

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